1. U.S., Indonesia to Strengthen Maritime Partnerships During CARAT 2015

    A U.S. Navy task group comprised of ships, aircraft, Sailors and Marines arrived in Indonesia Aug. 3 for exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training.

    Electronics Technician 1st Class Anthony Nekervis shakes hands with an Indonesian counterpart during a previous CARAT exercise. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Amanda S. Kitchner)
  2. USS Michigan Returns to the Pacific Northwest

    The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine returned home to the Pacific Northwest Aug. 1, following a 20-month deployment in the Western Pacific.

    Fire Control Technician 1st Class Anthony Melger meets his baby girl for the first time moments after USS Michigan (SSGN 727) returns home following a 20-month deployment. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Amanda R. Gray)
  3. USS Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Bali

    The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship anchored off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, July 31 for a port visit and cultural exchange.

    In this file photo, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) operates in the Indian Ocean during exercise Talisman Sabre earlier this month. (U.S. Navy/MC3 David A. Cox)
  4. PP15 Concludes Successful Visit to Solomon Islands

    The people of the Solomon Islands and members of Pacific Partnership 2015 celebrated the completion of a successful two-week mission by USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) July 24.

    Commodore, Task Force Forager Capt. James Meyer welcomes a representative from the local government to the closing reception of Pacific Partnership 2015 in the Solomon Islands. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Carla Burdt)
  5. U.S. Navy Increases Cooperation, Enhances Partnership with Timor-Leste Defense Forces During CARAT

    The U.S. Navy and Timor-Leste Defense Force (F-FDTL) are conducting their third Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise July 27-28.

    A U.S. Navy Seabee conducts training with members of the Federal Defense Force Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) Navy during a previous CARAT exercise in Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy/Cmdr. Jennie Stone)
  6. USNS Mercy Crew Participates in HADR Seminar in Philippines

    Members of the multinational Pacific Partnership team from the hospital ship took part in a weeklong humanitarian assistance and disaster relief seminar hosted by Philippine government agencies at Capiz State University.

    1st Lt. Yukiko Takeuchi listens to a Filipino first responder talk about disaster relief strategies at Capiz State University. (U.S. Navy/MCC Christopher E. Tucker)
  7. Seebees Complete School Renovations in Solomon Islands

    Pacific Partnership 2015 personnel celebrated the completion of Vura Primary School during a ribbon cutting ceremony July 23 in the Solomon Islands.

    (left to right) Vura Primary School Principal Allen Ketei, Acting Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Hon. Douglas Ete, Chief Executive Officer of Honiara City Council, Wayne Koebule and Commodore, Task Force Forager, Capt. James Meyer cut a ribbon to mark the reopening of Vura Primary School.
  8. U.S. 3rd Fleet Holds Change of Command Ceremony

    Vice Adm. Nora Tyson relieved Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd as commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet July 24 during a change of command and retirement ceremony aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in San Diego.

    Vice Adm. Kenneth E. Floyd, center, receives a standing ovation after his closing remarks the ceremony where he was relieved by Vice Adm. Nora Tyson as commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kory Alsberry)
  9. US, Singapore Navies Complete Complex Training, Achieve New Milestones During CARAT 2015

    The 21st annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Singapore exercise closed July 24.

    Ships and submarines from the Republic of Singapore Navy and U.S. Navy gather in formation during the underway phase of CARAT Singapore in the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joe Bishop)
  10. USS Chancellorsville Begins Patrol Providing Maritime Security to Indo-Asia-Pacific Region

    The guided-missile cruiser departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka July 22 for an Indo-Asia-Pacific region patrol.

    USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) arrives in Yokosuka, Japan, in June to join the U.S. 7th Fleet's Forward Deployed Naval Forces. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Peter Burghart)

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